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Discussions, Lectures, and Interviews

This collection contains over 200 hours of interviews and conversations with artists and colleagues, as well as recordings of Alan Lomax's lectures and speeches, from the 1960s through the 1990s. In developing his research projects, Lomax sought advice and feedback from experts in the fields of ethnology and cultural anthropology, otolaryngology, linguistics and paralinguistics, statistics, child psychology, the sociology of work, primate behavior, and dance. He recorded the resulting interviews and conversation, as well as his own lectures, to tape—sometimes using a high-fidelity machine, others simply a Dictaphone (thus the range of audio quality herein).

Recordings in this collection trace the development of Cantometric theory from its beginnings in the 1960s through various applications, including the development of performance style research, pedagogical tools and approaches (the Cantometrics teaching system and the Global Jukebox), and models of human migration and intermingling.

There is also extensive analysis of popular music and dance. Among the principals in these discussions are Alan Lomax's main collaborators in Cantometrics and Choreometrics research: Conrad Arensberg, Norman Berkowitz, Victor Grauer, Forrestine Paulay, and Roswell Rudd. Other interview subjects include Mildred Antonelli, Godfrey Arnold, Irmgard Bartinieff, Anne Chapman, George Condominas, Stanley Diamond, Juanita Elbein, Halim El-Dabh, Jacob D. Elder, Edwin Erickson, Jack Ferguson, Pierre Gaisseau, Michael Harner, Alan Jabbour, Bess Lomax Hawes, Allison Jablonko, Edith Trager Johnson, Morton Klass, Margaret Mead, Paul Moses, Kal Muller, George Peter Murdock, Stanley Udy, Gilbert Rouget, Ted Schwartz, Judith Shapiro, Ralph Solecki, Gordon Tracey, Henry Truby, and Elizabeth Waldo.

Also included here are non-specialist conversations with Marian Anderson, Ewan MacColl, Josh White’s widow Carol Carr, historian Bernard Asbell, and journalist Joseph Alsop, among others, and several tapes of Lomax's correspondence dictation.


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